Paul Blackburn

Paul Blackburn (1926–1971) was a lyric poet and one of America’s foremost translators of troubadour verse. He is often grouped with the Black Mountain poets because he was a contributing editor and distributor of the Black Mountain Review, though he never attended Black Mountain College. Before his editorial days, Blackburn worked in New York printing houses and as a shipping clerk. He published thirteen poetry collections, including The Dissolving Fabric and Three Dreams and an Old Poem, and several major works of translation, including The Collected Poems of Octavio Paz and Poem of the Cid. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, he taught at the New School and the State University of New York at Cortland.